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Harold King Ballou, Jr.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Thetford Center, Vt. — Harold King Ballou, Jr., 64 died suddenly Friday, April 11, 2014, at his home with his wife by his side. He was born Aug. 4, 1949, in Randolph, Vt. the son of Harold K and Viola (Smith) Ballou. Harold grew up and attended school in South Royalton. He married his high school sweetheart Virginia (Ginny) Higgins on July 15, 1971 in Norwich, Vt. and lived in White River Jct., Vt. before moving to Thetford Center. Harold worked at P&C Cross Company for over 20 years and then at Ross Express, a job he really liked until medical problems stopped him from driving trucks. Harold loved to hunt, drive trucks — the …

Vt. State Senator Has Challenger

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Chelsea — A 67-year-old small businessman is launching a Republican challenge to longtime state Sen. Mark MacDonald, D-Orange. Chelsea resident Robert Frenier, who runs a company that buys used airport fire trucks and rebuilds them, said he is concerned that working Vermonters and senior citizens are being hurt by state-run healthcare programs and …

Letter: We Are a Plutocracy

Friday, April 11, 2014

To the Editor: The word “oligarchy” has appeared several times in the opinion pages. It’s a fair description of our government, but a better one comes to mind — “plutocracy,” which according to Webster’s dictionary is a “government by the wealthy” or a “controlling class of the wealthy.” Why do we keep trying to impose democracy on other countries when we ourselves do …

Jyoti Hansa

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Thetford Center, Vt. — Jyoti Hansa, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, mentor, teacher, shaman, and yoga teacher extraordinaire died in the early evening in Lebanon, N.H. on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, after reassurance from one of her beloved students that Lady, her dog, would be well cared for upon her …

Local Roundup: Phoenix Rising at Right Moment

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Bethel — Playing without two starters, Tanner James and Brandon Tracy stepped up to help lead the Sharon Academy boys basketball team to a 73-38 victory over host Whitcomb on Monday night. James finished with 17 points, eight …

Letter: Tar Sands: An Environmental Tragedy

Saturday, February 15, 2014

To the Editor: There are many environmental reasons to oppose the Keystone XL oil pipeline. However, regardless of those reasons, trace the route of the oil from the United States back up to the Canadian border, over to Alberta, then on up to the Athabasca River region. There …

Letter: Fluoridation Would Be a Step Back

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

To the Editor: I am distressed to hear that there is a move to add fluoride to the Hartford drinking water. In my opinion, fluoridation would be a step backward. There is plenty of evidence that fluoridation causes more harm than good, possibly causing tooth mottling, decay and …

Local Roundup: Second Quarter Key for Thetford Academy

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Thetford — All the pieces clicked together in the second quarter for the host Thetford boys basketball team. Down by four after the first quarter, the Panthers erupted for 23 points in the second en route to beating …

Duane “Joe” P. Cook, Sr.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Thetford, Vt. — Duane “Joe” P. Cook, Sr., 82, died unexpectedly Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at his home. Joe was born on Sept. 22, 1931, in Fayston, Vt. and was the son of Herbert and Vaun (Pierce) Cook. He attended Thetford schools and remained a resident of the …

Local Roundup: Spartans Hold Off Lebanon

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Pembroke, n.h. — A matchup of the top two boys basketball teams in NHIAA Division II didn’t go Lebanon High’s way Tuesday, but coach Kieth Matte said his troops put up a strong fight during a rough-and-tumble clash. …

Duane P. “Joe” Cook

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Thetford, Vt. — Duane P. “Joe” Cook, 82, of Academy Road died unexpectedly Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at his home. Visiting hours will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Hale Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Route 113, Thetford Center, Vt. …

Engagement: Tessier — Dresser

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Thetford Center — Sarah Dresser and Ethan Tessier, of Thetford Center, have announced their engagement. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Linda and Rick Dresser, of Thetford Center. She graduated from Thetford Academy in 2007 and is employed …

Birth Announcements: Feb. 2, 2014

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center TUCKER — A son, Logan Otto Tucker, born Oct. 17, 2013, to Mae and Robert Tucker, of East Corinth. BLODGETT — A daughter, Quinn Marion Blodgett, born Dec. 5, 2013, to Danielle and Weston Blodgett, of Randolph Center. COTE — A son, Caiden A. Cote, …